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Anna Myers 

 Anna Myers grew up and established strong roots in Oklahoma. She attended college at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and went on to teach high school English in Tulsa and Norman. She says of her bond with Oklahoma, "Maybe it's because we are a relatively new state that the people here seem to feel a connection to the land. That connection is very important to me."
   Anna's adventurous spirit took her to teach in New York. She met Paul Myers while still in Oklahoma and, after he joined her in New York, they were married in Woodstock. After a few years in New York, the Myers' returned to Oklahoma where Anna taught in Oklahoma City until her eldest child was born. After her youngest child began kindergarten, Anna returned to teaching in Chandler.
   Personal experience abounds in Anna's work. She began writing children's stories as a result of her experience with her daughter, Ginny. Remembering the stories her grandmother told about family history, Anna chose historical fiction as her genre.
   Anna is the first author to receive two "Oklahoma Book Awards". One for Red-Dirt Jessie in 1993 and one for Graveyard Girl in 1995. 

Anna Myers


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